Passport Applications


As of June 1, 2009, persons crossing national boarders by land and sea will need a passport book or passport card.


Passport forms can be obtained from the County Recorder's Office or the passport website. If you are printing the form from the website, forms must be two single pages. Do not sign the application, it must be signed in person when you are in the office to apply. Normal processing time is approximately 7-10 weeks.

       ***Please note: The Ward County Recorder's Office cannot accept U.S. Passport Renewal Applications (Form DS-82). These applications are required to be sent in by the applicant themselves.


Application Fees

Type of Passport, Age of Applicant
(One payment to US Dept. of State and
one payment to Ward County Recorder)
Total Fees

Book, 16 and Older
 $130.00 to US Dept. of State
  $35.00 to Ward County Recorder
Book, Under 16
$100.00 to US Dept. of State
 $35.00 to Ward County Recorder
Card, 16 and Older
$30.00 to US Dept. of State
 $35.00 to Ward County Recorder
Card, Under 16
$15.00 to US Dept. of State
 $35.00 to Ward County Recorder


***Please note payment requirements***

Payment to the WARD COUNTY RECORDER can accept cashier's check, money order, cash, credit card (small additional convenience fee for CC).   NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED FOR THIS PAYMENT 

 Payment to the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE can be cashier's check, money order, personal check.


*** As of December 27th, 2021 the Passport Book fees have increased to $130.00 for 16 and Older and $100.00 for Under 16 per application.***

Expedited Applications

Passport applications can be expedited for an additional charge of $60 with a processing time of approximately 3-5 weeks plus mail time.

Express Mailing

Passport applications can be express mailed with the additional fees of $60 for expedition and $19.53 for express shipping. The processing time will be second-day mail time there, three business days in their office, and second-day return mail time.

Note: Expedited service can take 3-5 weeks for total processing time.

Application Requirements

One passport photo is required, which can be obtained at photo shops such as Rainbow Photo Lab, CVS, etc.

  • Proof of citizenship
    • Certified copy of birth certificate or previous passport unless issued under the age of 16 years old
    • Previous U.S. passport
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Certificate of citizenship
  • Photo identification
    • Government employee identification card, either federal, state, or municipal
    • A state-issued driver's license (not a temporary or learner's permit)
    • Aircraft pilot's license issued by the Department of Transportation or the FAA
    • Official military identification card


If under 16 both parents or legal guardians must accompany the child when applying. Both parents or legal guardians must sign the application for the child. If this is not possible, the single applying parent or legal guardian must show proof of sole custody or provide notarized consent of the second parent.